Most elementary students love digital storytelling- whether they’re listening, reading, or creating. These digital storytelling tech tools move “story time” to a whole new level.
Join Jenna Linskens as she covers effective uses, engaging applications, creative ways to develop digital stories, and various project ideas. Jenna will show how to use a variety of applications with elementary students to improve their understanding of concepts and support skills that are crucial to their success in a global society.
What is a Digital Storytelling?
“Digital storytelling is a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to share aspects of their life story. The media used may include the digital equivalent of film techniques (full-motion video with sound), animation, stills, audio only, or any of the other forms of non-physical media (material that exists only as electronic files as opposed to actual paintings or photographs on paper, sounds stored on tape or disc, movies stored on film) which individuals can use to tell a story or present an idea.” – Wikipedia
Tech Tools To Teach Digital Storytelling
Digital storytelling helps your students improve and demonstrate their understanding of concepts, digital storytelling can help develop creativity, communication, and collaboration skills.
Lego Movie Maker – Help your child bring their LEGO characters to life with the LEGO Movie Maker App. This fun, kid-friendly app brings the whole family together to create a custom LEGO stop-motion movie.
Explain Everything – Explain Everything is a unique interactive screen-casting whiteboard app being used by over 2 million students, teachers, leaders, and learners around the world.
Book Creator Free – “Every teacher should try this with their students. Book Creator is the easiest and most comprehensive way to bring comics to the classroom.” – Nik Chatzopolous, Teacher and Technology Specialist
Write About This – Write About This is a visual writing prompt & creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity.
Digital Storytelling Trainer
Jenna Linskens is a Senior Educational Consultant with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She was an elementary educator for 12 years and a professor of educational technology for 7 years. Jenna has an M.A. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and currently earning an Educational Doctorate in Technology and E-Learning through Northcentral University, Arizona. She is a Google Certified Teacher with a focus on Google Apps for Education, Chrome and Chromebooks. She is also certified in Online Teaching and Learning. Jenna has presented internationally, at national and state level educational technology conferences and provided training to over 100 schools and colleges.